If you've visited an antique mall, you're probably familiar with the charming framed "ribbon ladies" that were a popular hobby/craft during the 1920's. Just about every antique mall will have a couple of them if you look hard enough.
Here is a typical Southern belle ribbon art lady with some real hair, priced at $35 because it's a common pattern. My friend Tina Gross at the Antiques Market of Williamston (Michigan) has a nice selection of them for sale right now. Other dealers, including me, have one or two as well.
These were little kits that came with pre-printed faces and body parts. The crafty part was completed by the purchaser, who would sew the ruffles, ribbon, and lace, which was glued into place, (along with real hair sometimes), and framed.
If you pay attention to "ribbon lady art", you'll notice certain patterns are very common, and some are unusual. This one isn't super rare, but I haven't seen it a lot, either. I like the ringlet curls and the layered ruffles on the dress. This example was found on eBay:
This ribbon lady has a pretty pink dress, real hair, and a nice frame, but no facial features showing. It's priced at $28:
I've seen this version with the flower petal dress quite a few times over the years. It's priced at $35:
Collectors covet the smoking flapper girls, figures with a pet, and those with real hair.
The nice examples above and below came from Tina's booth at the Antiques Market of Williamston. These are very desirable examples, and probably won't be around very long. The flapper girl below is rather risque, with her see-through clothing. The price is $158:
Some ribbon art ladies will have faded over time, but this one hasn't:
A very pretty example, but more common, would be priced in the $35 to $45 range:
I think these would make a fun collection for a little girl's room (the non-smoking examples) or a lady's boudoir, don't you?